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Kobe Bryant nearly had a triple-double in leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 111-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
Pau Gasol had 22 points and 12 rebounds in his return to the starting lineup and Kobe Bryant nearly had a triple-double in leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 111-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
Bryant had 17 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists and Steve Nash added 17 points and seven assists for the Lakers, who played without Dwight Howard due to a sore right shoulder. They have won four of their last five games and beat the Wolves for the 20th straight time, the longest active streak in the NBA.
Pacers 102, Heat 89
David West scored 30 points and Paul George added 15, leading Indiana past Miami. The Pacers (28-19 ) have won 13 in a row at home and two straight overall since losing three straight on the road. Indiana and the New York Knicks are the only teams in the league to beat the defending NBA champs twice this season.
Raptors 98, Clippers 73
Rudy Gay wowed a sellout crowd by scoring 20 points in his Toronto debut, leading the Raptors to a rout of the shorthanded Los Angeles Clippers. Amir Johnson had 19 points and matched his career high with 16 rebounds for the Raptors. DeMar DeRozan also scored 19 as Toronto welcomed Gay with a winning effort two days after he was acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-team trade that also included Detroit.
Knicks 96, Bucks 86
Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, Amare Stoudemire had 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench, and the New York Knicks extended their winning streak to three games. J.R. Smith had 17 points and Tyson Chandler pulled down 20 rebounds in New York's fourth straight win over Milwaukee.
Celtics 97, Magic 84
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett each had a double-double, and the Boston Celtics responded to yet another blow to their lineup with a win over the Orlando Magic, who lost their eighth straight game. Pierce had 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists despite sitting out the fourth quarter. Garnett finished with 14 points for the Celtics.
Grizzlies 85, Wizards 76
Mike Conley scored 18 points and Tayshaun Prince added 14 in his Memphis debut, including a pair of key fourth-quarter jumpers, as the Grizzlies defeated the Washington Wizards. Marc Gasol added 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Grizzlies.
Nets 93, Bulls 89
Brook Lopez scored 20 points through three quarters, then the Brooklyn Nets turned to their bench to beat the shorthanded Chicago Bulls. Andray Blatche scored all of his 11 points in the fourth quarter and MarShon Brooks had nine of his 13 as the reserves scored the Nets' first 20 points.
76ers 89, Kings 80
Thaddeus Young had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 21 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the Sacramento Kings. Nick Young scored 20 points to help the Sixers win consecutive games for the first time since they had a three-game winning streak from Nov. 25 to Nov. 30. Tyreke Evans scored 29 points and Isaiah Thomas had 24 for the Kings, who have lost six of seven.
Pistons 117, Cavaliers 99
Brandon Knight had 20 points and 10 assists, and the Detroit Pistons never trailed against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Greg Monroe added 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who played without newly acquired point guard Jose Calderon.
Nuggets 113, Hornets 98
Ty Lawson had 21 points and 13 assists, Andre Iguodala scored 24 and the Denver Nuggets beat the New Orleans Hornets for their sixth straight victory. The Nuggets won 12 of 15 games in January, including a 10-2 mark at home, and got February started strong.
Jazz 86, Trail Blazers 77
Al Jefferson had 21 points, including two one-handed shots in the lane to clinch the victory, and the Utah Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers.